Connecting with the most notable figures in Luzerne County sports history has never been easier.
That’s the result of a revamped website of the Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame this month, which Chapter President James Martin Jr. said marks a “rebirth” of the area’s link to its past in athletics.
With this year’s induction banquet right around the corner and more features on its way for the Hall, there’s plenty of information at the fingertips of any generation hoping to learn some local sports history.
“If someone wants to look back and reminisce a little bit, this gives them the ability to do so,” Martin said.
The Hall’s old online home had previously listed all of its 620 inductees, but it didn’t offer more details about the accomplishments of those enshrined.
An effort of about a year or so has made the Hall much more accessible at www.luzernecountysportshallof fame.com.
With the click of a button, fans can become Hall of Fame members, fill out nomination forms and purchase tickets to August 13’s induction banquet at the Best Western Genetti Hotel & Conference Center in Wilkes-Barre.
They can also learn about every athlete, coach and contributor who has already been inducted, too.
Each induction year has a landing page on the site that includes a list of that year’s inductees and their photos.
Click on a photo, and a separate page with a biography of that inductee appears.
Some inductees have local ties to Wyoming and Susquehanna Counties, including state inductees such as Factoryville native and Baseball Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson; Tunkhannock native Dr. Walter B. Tewksbury; St. Michael’s School for Boys grad and Basketball Hall of Famer George Raveling; and Falls native and Class of 2014 Gary Siegel, who helped coach wrestling at Tunkhannock Area for many years.
Martin said he hopes such an addition can reinvigorate interest in the past and future of the organization.
“We have a biography that details every single one of those 620 inductees,” Martin said.“Everyone has done unique things, but the common thread is they’re all from here.”
The Hall plans to have more to offer to fans soon, too.
A rotating showcase of memorabilia is planned to be put on display at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport this autumn.
Martin said the Hall has nearly 200 pieces of memorabilia from as recent as the early 2000s, such as a game-used stick from Crestwood’s field hockey state championship.
Once everything is cataloged, a virtual tour of those items will also be available online.
“It’s going to help them remember the past,” Martin said of the new additions, “and it’s going to help them embrace the future.”
Anyone interested in attending the 33rd annual induction banquet on Aug. 13 still has time to buy tickets, which are $40 for adults and $20 for children. The deadline for tickets is Aug. 10; none will be available at the door.